Product Type: Breville kettles
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Boil me a bargain
Member Name: Tarapea
Advantages: Great for small kitchens, but high capacity. Quiet-ish, lightweight, quick to boil, reasonable price
Disadvantages: Hard to see the water gauge
The Breville VKJ385 is a polished stainless steel jug kettle. The jug part is quite self explanatory - instead of a domed lid this is shaped very similarly to a water filter jug. I'm not sure what the bonus of this is, but useful to know perhaps.
The dimensions of the kettle are as follows:
22.7 Width x 15.3 Depth x 24.7 cm Height.
I will admit that my first priority was price, as we only use an electrical kettle during the summer months anyway, but secondly our family requires a light kettle. At 900g this one fits the bill nicely.
The capacity is 1.5 litres which will make around 6 decent sized cups. This is a slightly smaller capacity than we were used to so be sure to check this for yourself before buying, however I believe 1.5 litres is around average.
Another handy feature this sports is a 3 kilowatt concealed fast-boil element. So not only should this boil speedily, it should be easy to clean too.
The switch on this kettle is a rather fetching luminous blue, so it can be seen in the dark with ease should you fancy a cuppa at 3am.
Finally the unit base stores the cord so there are no annoying trailing cables here. The base is also fully rotational so you can lift the kettle with your right or left hand without a struggle.
~~~The price of a good cuppa?~~~
If you buy this from Amazon as I did, this currently retails at £17. I think that's a brilliant price for a big name brand and for stainless steel and I was very happy to pay it.
A quick look around tells me that this is available from other places such as Sainsburys and Tesco for about £19.99 while Asda and John Lewis both have the kettle for £17 too.
For such a reasonably priced kettle, this one is actually very attractive. It looks quite similar to our previous Russell Hobbs one, and I suppose there can't be too much variation when it comes to kettles.
The stainless steel is highly polished and shiny, and the blue switch stands out nicely with it.
This does have a water gauge so you can see how much water remains in the kettle without opening the lid, but it's situated on the rear behind the handle which is quite difficult to see. It's also gauged in cups rather than in actual measurements, which isn't a problem, but may not be preferable to some. Meanwhile the handle itself is very thick and wide, meaning it's really easy to pick up and hold, which is a bonus.
The button to open the lid is found on the top of the handle, while the lid has a slight indent on it to make its closure easy and convenient. I suppose here is where the jug kettle's flat lid becomes noticeable, because the entire top of the kettle lifts up rather than just the small dome, as it is with conventional shaped kettles. This makes pouring the water in a very simple task - no tipping water everywhere here!
The size of the kettle itself was a pleasant surprise too. As you may have already guessed from the measurements, this is actually quite a dinky unit. It's almost half the size of our old kettle, but with its 1.5 litre capacity it's clearly just been designed to be space saving rather than compromising on internal size. Make no mistake, this isn't a travel kettle! Space is very limited in our kitchen, if you have a similar problem you'll find this kettle might be the right one for you.
Before using the kettle for the first time, the instructions advise that you fill the kettle up to the maximum line, boil and discard the water. It tells us to do this twice, to remove any left over residue from the manufacturing. With this done, the kettle is ready for use.
It's very easy to press the button, and the lid swings open instantly. So far so good.
Filling is also a doddle, with no spillages due to the large opening of the lid. However as I said earlier, it's hard to see how much has been filled by the gauge meter without craning your neck, so we prefer to just look inside instead.
Nothing was mentioned on the advertising about this kettle being quiet whatsoever, and there's no denying that electric kettles create quite a din. However the Breville is practically whisper quiet in comparison to our old Russell Hobbs. As it begins to heat up more the noise gets louder, and of course, it is loud, but definitely much quieter than previous kettles. The relative quietness of the boiling means you may be able to get away with making yourself a sneaky tea without offering anyone else one... ;)
But what about that fast-boil element? Well for the purposes of this review, I have found the following: (oh, the things I do for Dooyoo...)
With the water gauge filled to the '2 cups' line, this took exactly 65 seconds to boil.
Now, I don't know the speed of every individual kettle in the world (but what a talent that wouldn't be!), but I think that the Breville is pretty quick to boil. It seems quicker than our previous model, and no one seems to be hanging around the kettle holding an empty mug and begging, so I'd say it boils in perfect time for us here with no complaints. Fast-boil element indeed.
As with most kettles, when this has boiled the lovely blue switches clicks and turns itself off.
Lifting the kettle to pour is a simple experience too, and I can confirm that this is a very light-weight model particularly in comparison to others we've had. It doesn't need to be tipped almost vertically to get any water out either, a fault I've noticed before.
On the first day we had this kettle, the drinks made with it seemed to have a plastic-y taste to them. However by the next day this was gone, and it hasn't returned since, so I'm happy to assume it was just New Kettle Syndrome. If you experience the same thing, it should pass quickly. Perhaps a few more boils before use as per the instructions would have fixed this mild issue.
~~~Warranty and Warnings~~~
Breville offer a 1 year standard guarantee with this model.
The instructions warn that if the kettle is overfilled beyond its maximum line, water may be ejected from the spout during boiling, so definitely one to watch out for.
Something I was very glad to notice was that this model has a built in fail-safe device that switches the kettle off if it should be accidentally dry boiled/boiled with no water in, stopping it from breaking. During my teenage years, I was known (un)affectionately as the Kettle Killer due to my track record of five blown up kettles thanks to dry boiling so this mechanism pleased me no end.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this kettle. Kettles aren't exactly the most complex purchase, but this model seems to offer great functionality at a great price, and is aesthetically pleasing too. The only real downside that I can see is the difficulty in seeing the water gauge, but this is a minor flaw.
Thanks for reading :)
[Please note: I have no idea why Dooyoo asks me to rate the picture and sound quality of a kettle! So i've awarded it five stars to stay in-keeping with the other ratings.]
Summary: A great kettle at a great price. Perfect for smaller kitchens.
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